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Blog: Driving Success Right Off the Cliff

All businesses are driven toward success. Of course, success can be a subjective thing, depending on whom you ask. It’s ironic to think that from an organizational development perspective, the preoccupation with continued success can mark the beginning of long-term failure.

Blog: Manufacturing Jobs Need Perception Makeover

For many years it has been my belief that the biggest reason there is a skilled labor shortage is due to the negative perception that manufacturing jobs have in the minds of the general public. Many people believe that manufacturing jobs are not seen as viable careers, they are not an area that parents or school counselors guide children toward, and they are not seen as cool or cutting edge by millennials. These beliefs are outdated and untrue. Manufacturing jobs need a public relations makeover. And the sooner the better.

Blog: PowerPoint Rules are Simple, Yet …

I'll never be out of work. I teach presentation skills, so I spend a lot of time covering best practices for using Microsoft PowerPoint, the best — and — worst thing to happen to the presentation business in the last 20 years.

Blog: Michigan Needs Mix of Alternative Energy Sources

A recent op-ed in argued that legislation pending in Lansing regarding Michigan’s electrical system is wrongheaded. The authors focus on the proposed elimination of the renewable portfolio standard that requires 10 percent of Michigan’s electricity be generated by renewables by this year. The legislation and op-ed article contend the new law would cost Michigan energy jobs.

Guest Blog: Optimism Wanes Despite Record M&A Pace in 2015

Even as the mergers and acquisitions market has surpassed $3 trillion worldwide in deal value this year, roaring at a level close to 2007’s...

Guest Blog: Michigan Businesses in Crosshairs of Patent Trolls

Peer-to-peer commerce site Etsy has more than 50 million users, comedian Adam Carolla has one of the most popular podcasts of all time, and...

Guest Blog: Cloud Computing Services: To Tax or Not to Tax?

Twenty years ago, purchasing a software program for your business was direct and straight forward. You bought a CD, possibly paid a sales tax...

Blog: So You Work for an Ax Murderer — Now What?

Have you ever had that feeling that your boss, manager, or supervisor might actually have bodies buried under their house?

Blog: 5 Predicted Workforce Trends for 2016

Near the end of each year many businesses attempt to predict and forecast what the upcoming year will hold for their company. They set budgets, look at new client opportunities, and try to plot a course to make the next year more successful than the last.

Guest Blog: Fueled by SBA, Michigan Small Businesses Rebound

There is some great news about Michigan, in case you haven’t heard: Small business is back.

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